Social Studies

Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities

Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities by Education Librarian

Listed below are selected teacher resources, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction related to rights, roles, and responsibilities.

Teacher Resources

Rights, roles and responsibilities at school: A unit exploring the responsibilities of various school roles, including students’ own responsibilities, in helping to meet other students’ needs, by various authors and the BC Ministry of Education

Grades: K-3. The nine critical thinking challenges in this unit explore the responsibilities of various school roles, including students’ own responsibilities, particularly in the school and classroom environment. For more in the “Critical challenges across the curriculum series”, click here.

A critical inquiry framework for K-12 teachers: Lessons and resources from the U.N. Rights of the Child, edited by JoBeth Allen and Lois Alexander

Grades: K-12. Provides ideas to guide pedagogy and a curriculum model for helping students connect with issues in their lives while meeting standards. Illustrates how teachers used a human rights framework to engage students in critical inquiry of relevant social issues, such as immigration rights, religious tolerance, racial equality, countering the effects of poverty, and respect for people with disabilities. Chapters highlight lively classroom and community action projects.

ABC teaching human rights: Practical activities for primary and secondary schools, by Ohchr

Grades: K-12. Offers practical advice to teachers and other educators who want to foster human rights awareness and action among primary and secondary students, including suggestions for developing learning activities.

Educating for human rights and global citizenship, edited by Ali A. Abdi and Lynette Shultz (eBook)

Grades: K-12. While human rights violations continue to affect millions across the world, there are also ongoing contestations regarding citizenship. In response to these and related issues, the contributors to this book critique both historical and current practices and suggest several pragmatic options, highlighting the role of education in attaining these noble yet unachieved objectives.

Caring for young people’s rights, by Jan Nicol, Dan Kirk, and Lindsay Gibson

Grades: 7-12. This resource fosters understanding of the nature and range of basic human rights and appreciation of the importance of protecting these rights. Human rights are personalized through real-life profiles of young people in a variety of developing countries. Includes comprehensive lesson plans on evaluating and securing the rights of young people. For more in the “Critical challenges across the curriculum series”, click here.

Picture Books

The thundermaker, written and illustrated by Alan Syliboy

We are all born free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures, by Amnesty International

A book of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, each accompanied a different artists’ illustration.

Keeper of the light, written by Janet Barkhouse, illustrated by Thérèse Cilia

Following her father’s death, eleven-year-old Sara goes to work for the Mosher family helping clean, maintain and keep the light. When a storm approaches Sara is left alone with the great responsibility of keeping the light for the seafarers.

Fiction

Shu-Li and Digeo, written by Paul Yee, illustrated by Shaoli Wang

Grades: 2-4. Shu-Li and her friend Diego take on the responsibility of caring for the neighbour’s dog while he’s in the hospital, but the dog slips out of his collar. Shu-Li and Diego have to figure out how to take responsibility for their actions and tell the truth.

X marks the spot, written by Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge, illustrated by Dave Whamond

Non-Fiction

Relationships and responsibilities: In your country, by Janet Gurtler

Grades: 1-3. This book explores what it means to be a citizen of Canada, as well as the responsibilities that come with that citizenship.

Relationships and responsibilities: In your community, by Janet Gurtler

Grades: 1-3. This book explores what it means to be part of a community, as well as the responsibilities that come with that membership.

Gay and lesbian history for kids: The century-long struggle for LGBT rights, with 21 activities, by Jerome Pohlen

Grades: 5-8. Each chapter discusses an era in the struggle for LGBT civil rights from the 1920s to today. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement’s key events, such as the Stonewall Inn uprising and the AIDS crisis and some of its key figures. Also includes 21 activities based on the content of the book. See also LGBTQ Rights. 

Children’s rights, by Robyn Michaud-Turgeon and Michael F. Stewart

Grades: 6-9. Part of the Issues 21 series, which examines contemporary issues in society in order to develop students’ skills in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, ethical citizenship and activism. Includes 6 student books and a teacher’s guide.

Discrimination, by Tom Henderson

Grades: 6-9. Part of the Issues 21 series, which examines contemporary issues in society in order to develop students’ skills in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, ethical citizenship and activism. Includes 6 student books and a teacher’s guide.

Freedom vs. security, by Craig Harding and Glyn Hughes

Grades: 6-9. Part of the Issues 21 series, which examines contemporary issues in society in order to develop students’ skills in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, ethical citizenship and activism. Includes 6 student books and a teacher’s guide.

Oppression of women, by Ruby Lee

Grades: 6-9. Part of the Issues 21 series, which examines contemporary issues in society in order to develop students’ skills in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, ethical citizenship and activism. Includes 6 student books and a teacher’s guide.

Poverty, by Craig Harding and Glyn Hughes

Grades: 6-9. This book explores what the causes of poverty are, and how we can work together to make a difference. Part of the Issues 21 series. Includes 6 student books and a teacher’s guide.


Finding More Resources

To find more resources in this area, try the following:

  • Search using the General tab on the UBC Library website to look for material in all UBC Library branches.
  • Search using “Search Education Resources” box in the left hand bar on the Education Library website to limit your results to materials in the Education Library.
  • Use specific search terms to narrow your results, such as “Gay rights”, “Children’s rights”, “Human rights–Study and teaching”, “Responsibility–Juvenile fiction”
  • To find lesson plans, include “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” in your search terms.

For more help with searching, please visit the Library Service Desk or e-mail ed.lib@ubc.ca.

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